On Thursday, Michael Jordan officially opened one of two $7 million medical clinics in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“This is a very emotional thing for me to be able to give back to a community that has supported me over the years,” the six-time NBA champion said during the unveiling.
Jordan, who began his basketball career in North Carolina and now majority owner of the Charlotte Hornets, opened the Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic in West Charlotte, an area that Novant Health leaders chose because the area had a lack of medical services. The medical center is in partnership with Novant Health.
Jordan, along with the Hornets, has given $750,000 the Novant Health Community Care Cruiser in past several years.
“For me, this is a major, major blessing for the Camp Greene neighborhood,” Sharelle Blake told FOX 46.
Blake, who lives two blocks away from the clinic, is one of 300 patients already seen at the clinic.
The clinic aims to serve those who are uninsured or underinsured.
“There are a lot of people living here who are low income, they don’t have health insurance. There are children here who need the immunizations to go to school and they don’t have insurance and they don’t have a way,” Blake said.
The medical center is expected to serve 350,000 adults and children over the next five years, according to The Charlotte Observer.
In addition to providing primary health services, patients will have access to social workers, behavioral health experts, oral health practitioners, and physical therapy.
“The money is not the issue to me. It’s the commitment to be able to make a difference and make an impact to a community that in the future will make an impact to the City of Charlotte,” Jordan said.
The location in West Charlotte marks the first of two locations. A second location in East Charlotte will open in the future.
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